Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – December 5th

Author: , December 5th, 2015

In addition to our regular travel articles, we’re starting a regular travel round-up, for those stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. Enjoy!

Life Lately And Upcoming Travels: November 2015 Edition (Globetrotter Girls)
I started the month in Germany, where I hugged my family goodbye and hopped on a plane to New York. The rest of the month was spent between Manhattan and Brooklyn, and a few days upstate – first for my fall foliage road trip and then again for Thanksgiving.
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Dani Globetrotter Girls

Trans Woman Wants Refund for Transphobic Treatment on Cruise (The Advocate)
Sherry Donegan of Fresno, Calif., had never taken a cruise before when she joined 17 others last month aboard the Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas for a six-day vacation. But a comment from an anti-LGBT employee aboard the ship and being relegated to the back of a ballroom certainly didn’t make a good first impression.
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Calling All Snow Bunnies: Get Your European Gay Ski Week 2016 Deets Here (Gay Star News)
Better get your skates (or skis) on – next year’s European Gay Ski Week is just four months away.
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European Gay Ski Week

Romance In Rome: 7 Pictures Of Loved Up Gays In The Italian Capital (Gay Star News)
One of its nicknames is ‘city of lovers’ – and judging by these pictures, same-sex couples are just as likely to fall under Rome’s romantic spell as their straight counterparts.
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LGBTI People to Gather in Madrid for WorldPride 2017 (FTNews)
The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association recently formed a global partnership with Asociacion Turismo de Madrid to share in the promotion of WorldPride 2017, a celebration of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people worldwide. WorldPride 2017, scheduled for 29 June to 3 July, will coincide with the 40th anniversary of Madrid Pride.
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Recipe for Thai Tom Yam Soup (Nomadic Boys)
Thai tom yam is one of the popular foods you will encounter in Thailand and Laos, mixing salty, spicy and sour flavours.
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Nomadic Boys

National Gay Pilots Association Gains Sky-High Partnership with United Airlines (Passport)
The National Gay Pilots Association announced today that it has partnered with United Airlines after the airline became the organizations sole Diamond Level partner.
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National Gay Pilots Association

Gay Bars in Los Angeles – 10 Best Places to Party (Travels of Adam)
Los Angeles is the ultimate playground for adults with its warm weather, eternal sunshine and seemingly endless amount of good-looking guys.
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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – October 7th

Author: , October 7th, 2015

In addition to our regular travel articles, we’re starting a regular travel round-up, for those stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. Enjoy!

A Review of Two Gay Saunas in Delhi (That Gay Backpacker)
My first stop in India was New Delhi – the hectic capital. I was sure that if there was one place in India where I’d find some gay life it would be there. But after much frantic Googling, I could find very little to explore.
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First Transgender Person Travels With an “Other” Gender Passport (Kathmandu Post)
Bhumika Shrestha has become the first transgender woman to travel abroad by identifying herself as ‘other’ in the gender category.
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Bhumika Shrestha

Whitstable And The Most Unusual Gay Cruise I’m Ever Likely To Go On (Gay Star News)
Getting on a fishing boat at 10 am to go see a World War II gun emplacement at the mouth of the River Thames is not your standard gay cruise.
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Whitstable Gay Cruise

Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Travels of Adam)
Edinburgh is unquestionably one of Europe’s most beautiful cities–the cobblestone streets, the narrow alleys, the old-town feeling. Edinburgh seems more like a 16th century kingdom than a 21st century metropolis. And yet the city somehow maintains its history in a modern way.
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Edinburgh Castle - Travels of Adam

Man Asked To Change Into Longer Shorts At Gay Days Disneyland (SDGLN)
Disneyland’s unofficial Gay Days Anaheim was a huge success this past weekend. Crowds of LGBT men and women dressed in red shirts descended upon the park in an act of queer solidarity. However one man, UK visitor Anthony Gilét, decided to ditch the red shirt and go rogue. Gilet donned a loose fitting thigh-length athletic jersey, sunglasses and a pair of mouse ears.
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Bears, Drag Queens, and Celebs Don Red for Gay Days 2015 (The Advocate)
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Gay Days

Orlando City Pride Night 2015 (Watermark)
Orlando City hosted their first ever LGBT Pride Night, pitting the Lions against the Montreal Impact.
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Orlando City Pride Night

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Newsletter – June 7th

Author: , June 7th, 2015

Scott & MarkWelcome to the Purple Roofs LGBT travel newsletter.

We’ve got lots of great stuff for you this time, including our feature articles on Ireland, Tel Aviv, Rome and Puerto Vallarta! And our articles section has four parts – local news, general interest, travel event news, and sweepstakes and contests.

Check out our Facebook Travel Clubs – discussion groups where you can ask questions and meet other travelers and we have a new topic to talk about daily. Everyone’s welcome in each group, but the discussions should be related to the group topic:

Gay Travelers

Lesbian Travelers

Transgender Travelers

Bisexual Travelers

LGBT Families (New)

And check out our Gay Travel Events section – almost 700 pride events, film festivals, circuit parties, and much more, now with photos, descriptions, and links to lodging for your stay. You’ll also find some great accommodation specials and discounts, tons of upcoming gay travel events, and much more.

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Capitol Hill Mansion B&B Inn – Denver, Colorado

Walk to the convention center, museums and restaurants from this nationally listed 1891 ruby sandstone mansion. Enjoy a full breakfast, original decor and guestrooms appointed with antiques. Choose from eight distinct guestrooms, some with Jacuzzi tubs for two, fireplaces or balconies. Business meetings and special events welcomed.

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IrelandTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Let’s All Go to Ireland to Celebrate!
by Donald and Ray
We can’t think of a better or more appropriate time to visit IRELAND than this year. Change your plans of going to Australia or Paris or South America and go to IRELAND this year and show them how much you love IRELAND and thank them for doing what the people of IRELAND did for the LGBT community in their recent voting. We are really sick and tired of the religious idiots always shoving their views about ‘activist’ judges, etc. cramming their views for different countries and now they are beside themselves to think that the general population of an entire country actually voted YES for same-sex marriage and in IRELAND of all places. Sad to think that in many American cities, the LGBT community cannot even have a float in the Saint Patrick’s Day parade but in IRELAND, they can get legally married.
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Gay Beach_Kfir SivanISRAEL: Tel Aviv Pride Month 2015 Events
by Spencer Ho
Tel Aviv is always one of the most popular cities in the world for travelers of all shapes, sizes and orientation, but June is a special month for the LGBTQ community in Tel Aviv, as it not only signals the beginning of summer, but is also gay pride month in Tel Aviv. For the duration of the month, the municipality building will be lit up with the colors of the rainbow gay pride flag, clubs and bars will be gearing up for Pride Parade festivities and the thousands of visitors and Tel Aviv’s gay community will be holding a number of cultural events. Gay Pride Week takes place officially from June 7-14.
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Pantheon RomeITALY: Dolly Travels: Our First Day in Rome
by Dolly Goolsby
I hope you will forgive me for not blogging sooner. We have been busy! For the first time ever, all 6 of us in my travel group flew over to Rome together. Five of us left Sacramento early Monday morning and flew to Washington D.C., where we met our 6th person, Shelora, who flew from Portland. Our connection between flights was so tight I wasn’t sure Shelora was with us, till I saw her enter the plane. Yay! We arrived in Rome early Tuesday morning, with no problems. We went to our apartment, which is located in the Campo di Fiori neighborhood. This location is ideal…we are near a main boulevard and also close to many of Rome’s attractions.
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Dolly's MokaITALY: Dolly Travels – Rome is a Beautiful City
by Dolly Goolsby
I am sitting here with my second cup of coffee, enjoying the beautiful early morning quiet of Rome. The sky is getting brighter, but of course, I cannot see the sunrise. There are some lovely old buildings in the way. I am getting pretty good at making coffee in this Moka pot. Yesterday I told you only about our first day in Rome. Now, here it is Sunday, and this will be our last day in Rome. Time has flown by. We have walked, walked, walked some more. We have seen so many sights, from the Ancient Rome to the present day cafes and shopping centers, and enjoyed living in our neighborhood, the Campo di Fiori, and being temporary citizens of Rome.
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Ostia AnticaITALY: Dolly Travels – Ostia Antica and Borghese Galleria
by Dolly Goolsby
Wow! How time flies when we are having fun. We went out to the ancient seaport of Ostia Antica last Friday. This area was the main bustling settlement of merchants and traders in Roman times. Boats came into the port, goods were unloaded, traded and shipped up the Tiber River to Rome. Eventually, the course of the river changed and Ostia Antica became a ghost town. We took a Metro train, then another train to reach Ostia Antica. Although I had been there before, I was still taken aback about the size of this area. I had to remind myself, yes, it was a small city at one time.
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GAYPV_cover10A_ideaMEXICO: Puerto Vallarta Mexico for the LGBT Eco Traveler
by Tim Wilson
The LGBT traveler meets nature in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Our beyond gay friendly destination is an ecotourism wonderland. It is here the Sierra Madre mountains join the Pacific ocean and lush jungle to form a natural wonderland paradise. Puerto Vallarta offers more gay and gay friendly activities than any other Mexican destination. Cool refreshing rains arrive in June bringing new life to vegetation, riverbeds and jungles. It is a great opportunity to experience our exotic destination. Although the “rainy season” arrives in June many LGBT travelers mistakenly think this is a time to avoid travel to Puerto Vallarta. Nothing could not be further from the truth. Most often the rain, indeed hard at times, is at night bringing a refreshing cool next morning perfect for a trip to the gay friendly Botanical Gardens (www.vbgardens.org) or the Vallarta Zoo.
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We also scour the web to bring you all the gay travel news we can find. You can see these posts on a daily basis at http://www.purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog, or sign up for our RSS feed. Here are some of our favorites from the last month.

Local Stories:

BELGIUM: Mons – Belgium’s Capital of Culture
In the heart of Belgium you will find the city of Mons. Crowned as the European Capital of Culture for 2015, if you ever needed a nudge to visit this part of the world then this is it.
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BRAZIL: Breakaway Backpacker – First Time at a Nude Beach
It had been my 2nd visit to Praia Galheta (Praia is Playa or Beach in Portuguese) the gay/nude beach in Florianopolis when it finally happened. The first time I was there I couldn’t get the nerves to go nude.
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BRAZIL: Breakaway Backpacker – Making the Best of Bad Circumstances in Brazil
I try to never make actual plans because they always change for one reason or another. I had heard about this amazing island between Paraty & Rio de Janeiro called Isla Grande. I had heard that it had amazing beaches all over and to get to most of them you must hike to them. I was sold… amazing beaches and hiking, I’m all about that.
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CAMBODIA/LAOS: Five Things to See in Cambodia and Laos
This weekly travel column is brought to you by ManAboutWorld, an immersive digital gay travel magazine for iOS and Android devices from Billy Kolber, Ed Salvato, Kenny Porpora, and nearly 75 Global Correspondents.
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CANADA, ONTARIO: Lesbian Travel – Self-Guided Winery Tour in Niagara-on-the-Lake
When we travel, we always go where the glass is half full. Of our favorite wine. In Niagara-on-the-Lake. Now that summer’s almost here, there’s always a wine tasting available – and a cute little B&B or inn nearby if you have time to spend the weekend. Talk about the perfect girlfriend getaway.
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CHINA: Globetrotter Girls: 12 Surprising Things About Hong Kong
Even though I didn’t have many expectations when I visited Hong Kong for the first time this year, I have to admit that not only did the city blow me away completely, but it also surprised me in many ways.
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CUBA: Reporting Back From Gay Cuba
The prospect of passing through customs at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport on May 19 with several interviews of LGBT rights advocates in Cuba who openly criticized their government saved to my phone was something that made me anxious ahead of my scheduled departure.
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CUBA: LGBT Travel to Havana
The dance floor of Humboldt 52, a gay bar near the Hotel Nacional and Havana’s oceanfront promenade known as the Malecon, was packed around 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Rum and Blue Sky, the drink special, were flowing freely as the DJ played Cuban reggaeton and American and European pop songs.
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EUROPE: Globetrotter Girls – The Ultimate European Vacation: Europe By Rail
For me, there is no more relaxing way to travel than riding the train. Sitting by the window, a cup of coffee in one hand, my camera in the other hand, and watching the world go by, the landscapes change, while listening to the smooth and steady rattling sound of the train gliding down the tracks is the perfect way for me to see a country.
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GERMANY: Five Things You Can’t Miss in Berlin
Berlin’s been on the receiving end of some backlash as of late. Having been the reigning king of cool for so long, it’s now even trendier to lash out against it, to claim Berlin is ‘over’ and to declare a dozen or so burgeoning the cities “the new Berlin!”
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GERMANY: Travels of Adam – Berlin By Boat, Photos from the Spree
Recently I was invited by Hannes from one of Berlin’s newest boat tour operators, Berlin Liquide, to experience an afternoon out on the River Spree.
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ITALY: Turin Like a Local
The Turin (Torino) Gay & Lesbian Film Festival director on his impossibly chic hometown, from alpine vistas to charming pizzarias.
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LATVIA: Europride 2015: Fourteen Things to Do in Riga, Latvia
Never made a trip to the Baltics? Latvian capital Riga will be the host for this year’s Europride festival in summer (15-22 June 2015) – which is reason enough alone to think about paying the city a visit.
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paPHILIPPINES: Globetrotter Girls – The Philippines in Pictures
This is my very last post about the Philippines – at least for now. My next trip to this gorgeous country is already in the works, and I can’t wait to visit all the places I didn’t make it to the first time around.
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PORTUGAL: Gay Porto – The Perfect Portuguese Experience
‘Would you like to go to Porto for a weekend?’ This is a question I’ve been waiting to hear for years.
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SPAIN, CANARY ISLANDS: Hidden Treasures on the Island of Lanzarote
When I first told people I would be going to Lanzarote, I got two reactions; one, ‘You’re going to the wrong island mate, Gran Canaria is a little further west’, and two, ‘But there’s not much there, is there?’
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In the recent film Clouds of Sils Maria, Juliet Binoche plays an anxiety ridden, aging actress tackling a part in a play she resents having agreed to appear in. To escape the pressures of her situation and to rehearse, she finds some peace and calm in the mountains of the Engadine region in the Swiss Alps.
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UK, WALES: Forty Eight Hours in Cardiff
Cardiff gets a bad rap sometimes – especially in light of the tourist behemoth that is London (only two hours away by train).
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VIETNAM: Nomadic Boys: Recipe for Vietnamese Savory pancakes
Banh Xeo are Vietnamese pancakes, which have been deep fried and cooked with pork, shrimp and bean sprouts.
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VIETNAM: Nomadic Boys – Recipe for Vietnamese Cao Lau
Cao Lau was our favourite Vietnamese dish. It is a noodles based dish with slowly cooked sliced pork, bean sprouts and herbs served in a rich broth and topped with deep fried wonton crackers.
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The Tourism office of Sedona claims the red rock city as the most beautiful city in the world. I’d say, it’s the most beautiful city in America.
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USA, ARIZONA: The Sojourner – From Phoenix to Grand Canyon: Tips for Backpackers
Arizona isn’t cheap if you don’t drive. The State isn’t made to be backpacker-friendly. Getting a bus in Southeast Asia is way easier than going from one city to another in Arizona.
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USA, ARIZONA: Globetrotter Girls – Road Tripping in Southern Arizona
This week’s Polaroid is coming a little earlier than usual because I have two more posts coming up this weekend – including my monthly round-up on Sunday!
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USA, ARIZONA: Globetrotter Girls – Street Art in Tucson
When I came to Tucson the first time back in 2010, I went downtown one or two times. That’s it. Why? Because there just wasn’t anything to do there. Barely any eateries, no good coffee shops, no stores – like in so many cities, the downtown retailers had shut down after more and more malls had opened closer to the ever growing suburbs.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Walking Through The Castro’s History
In a city as vibrant as San Francisco, it can be hard to remember that it has a lot of history as well-but the company Detour is working to change that.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: San Francisco’s Presidio
Part of the U.S. National Park Service, the Presidio of San Francisco is a national park unlike any other.
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USA, FLORIDA: Naked Paddleboarding in Key West
It’s an afternoon of pure bliss that happens deep in the secluded heart of the waterways that part the majestic black and red mangroves of bucolic and sparsely populated Sugarloaf Key. The only sounds on this journey are the steady, reliable swoosh of the paddle as it dives into the water on both sides of your board propelling you along at a graceful, steady clip.
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USA, FLORIDA: Eating Out Miami
If you watched the show Best New Restaurant on Bravo (where I’m a judge for two episodes), you would have been introduced to some of the best new dining hot spots in the country.
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USA, HAWAII: Lesbian Travel – Rejuvenating Kauai
It’s not often that we have time to stop and think about the life we are living. Nor do we sit down and think about our current blessings and future legacy. But travel can make us do all of this and more. Travel can open our eyes and help us find beauty in the NOW.
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USA, ILLINOIS: What’s New in Gay and Chicago
The stools at Dove’s Luncheonette (1545 N Damen Ave. Tel: 773-645-4060. www.doveschicago.com) in Wicker Park are crafted of a shiny, rich brown vinyl and gleam with newness.
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USA, NEVADA: Lesbian Travel – Vegas’s Fremont Street
Most people travel to Las Vegas for the infamous strip and glittering nightlife that never ends. But what about Downtown Las Vegas? That tiny little core city where the story all began? I travel to Vegas twice a year for business and while I’ve stayed at a lot of hotels on the Strip (Trump, Vdara, Wynn, Caesar’s), I always make a trip downtown.
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USA, NEW JERSEY: Best LGBT Beach Towns in New Jersey
That Asbury Park is the most gay-friendly Shore town comes as no surprise to anyone. There are about a dozen bars and hotels that cater to gays and lesbians; the Empress Hotel, for example, bills itself as “Asbury Park’s LGBT friendly hotel,” with a ’50s style “that radiates sophistication.”
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paUSA, PENNSYVANIA: 4 Splashtastic Indoor Waterpark Resorts in the Poconos
Calling all Northeastern thrill-seekers: the Poconos region is adding two more gargantuan destination resorts to its roster this summer.
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General Interest Stories:

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – May 25th
Skruff app travel alert; Five stars in Ibixza; FL beaches; Oscar Wilde tour of NYC; more.
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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – May 26th
LGBT travel survey; Sexy Spaniards at fetish bar; Frameline promo and more.
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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – May 26th
Urban options for gay honeymoons; Cape Town four ways; NYC’s Greenwich Village; and more.
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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – May 28th
Hidden Mediterranean beaches; San Diego breakfast spots; photos from IML; DC Black Pride pics; more.
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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – May 29th
Fitness tips on vacation; Key West rainbow crosswalks; TX pride events and more.
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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel News Round-Up – May 30th
Carnival Rio 2016; Life in Laos; WeHo and LA Pride; more.
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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – May 31st
How to be a badass travel girl; 5 ways to see Ireland; Pink Dot Tapei debuts; London’s Barcode club closes; Tallywackers opens in Dallas gayborhood; and more.
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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – 6/3/15
Summer flight delays; Chargers and adapters for intl travel; over the top wedding venues; Morocco expels lesbians for kiss; national LGBt landmarks; and more.
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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – June 5th
Amtrak Tips, Slovakia Pride cancelled; UK ready to celebrate; Foodie tour of Carmel; more…
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Past Events:

USA, NEVADA: Las Vegas Goes Dinah
25,000 gay girls recently descended on Las Vegas for a weekend of fun and frolics – here, journalist Lauren Jow proves what happens in Vegas certainly doesn’t stay in Vegas…
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Upcoming Events:

USA: Six Sexy Gay Events for 2015
You may be staring at your diary for 2015 and looking for a bit of inspiration. Which countries around the world haven’t you been to? Which cities haven’t you ticked off yet? Which parties are attracting your attention?
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CANADA, ALBERTA: International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics Championships Comes to Edmonton in 2016(Aug 8-14) Edmonton will be the site of the largest gay sporting event in Alberta history next year when it hosts the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics championships.
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CANADA, QUEBEC: First Ever “Canada Pride” in Montreal in 2017(2017) The first ever ‘Canada Pride’ is to be held in Montreal in 2017, following the success of Toronto WorldPride in 2014.
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ICELAND: Rainbow Reykjavik – A Gay Travel Wet Dream
(Jan 2016) It’s always fascinating to meet new people; it’s all the more captivating to meet underneath one of the world’s most spectacular and elusive phenomena – the Northern Lights.
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ITALY: Women’s Writing Retreat Planned in Varenna, Italy in September(Sept 20-26) Have you longed to visit Italy for years and love the art of writing?
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UK, ENGLAND: Brighton Pride Announces 2015 Theme(Aug) Britain’s favorite seaside LGBTI festival, Brighton Pride, has chosen its theme to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Pink Saturday Party Back On – With an 8PM Curfew
(Jun 28) San Francisco City Hall is expected to pay for this year’s Pink Saturday party but will end the event in the Castro at 8 p.m. and is likely to ban music stages.
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USA, LOUISIANA: Month by Month Guide to Gay New Orleans 2015(Jan-Dec 2015) When southern charm, a storied history and wild abandon collide, there’s absolutely no mistaking what city you’re in.
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USA, NEW YORK: New Gay ComiCon Coming to NYC in June(Jun 13) Geeks OUT is excited to announce that NYC’s first-ever queer-focused comic con, FLAME CON, will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn.
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Contests and Sweepstakes:

USA, CALIFORNIA: Win a Dream Trip to Palm Springs(Enter by Jun 30) GRAND PRIZE: Choice of: Three-night stay at POSH Palm Springs, Three-night stay at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs or Three-night stay at Queen of Hearts Resort.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Win a Trip to the Sonoma Wine Weekend
Win a Trip for 2 to Gay Wine Weekend June 19 – 21 to Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County from any Alaska Airlines West Coast City. We’ve teamed up with Alaska Airlines, Official Airlines of Gay Wine Weekend, to bring 2 lucky winners to Sonoma County for a weekend of wine and celebration, benefiting Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network.
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USA, WASHINGTON: Win Five Nights at the Gaslight Inn
(Enter by Oct 1) PurpleRoofs.com is teaming up with the gay-owned Gaslight Inn in Seattle to bring you the chance to win five nights on Capitol Hill in Seattle.Full Story

Gay Travel Events – The List:

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Gay Pride Season 2013 Recap

Author: , July 2nd, 2013

Scot & Mark March at SF Gay Pride 2013We’re back home from SF Pride – and it was amazing. mark and I marched with the Marriage Equality USA contingent, past maybe a million people, all cheering and celebrating our marriage and marriage equality in general.

And I saw kids who were 14, 15, 16, who were born after the passage of DOMA, now seeing fully married gay couples for the first time, and knowing, for the gay and lesbian ones, that this was now a possibility for them too… that they could find and marry the person they loved, regardless of gender.

There’s so much gay travel news to get to, and in all the hullabaloo around Prop 8 and DOMA being struck down, we’ve been remiss in our Purple Roofs blog duties. So we’ll dig in and bring you a bunch of Pride event recaps here.

AFGHANISTAN: LGBT Pride in Kandahar – Video

I’m not sure which part of this video to find more astounding. The fact that anyone celebrated LGBT (aka Gay) Pride in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The fact that it was US military personnel doing it. Or the fact that the video, “Kandahar LGBT Pride,” is popping up on the official Department of Defense YouTube channel.

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BULGARIA: Pride and Protest in Sofia

…it has been deeply disheartening that this year’s Pride events have been marred by violence. I was shocked to learn that in Plovdiv, the country’s second largest city, an LGBT film festival was violently disrupted by hooligans. The film festival (the city’s first) had already been a source of controversy, with the local Metropolitan of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church declaring that LGBT people “destroy the souls of our children”—rhetoric that is not at all uncommon here. When a local soccer club—powerful social groups in a country obsessed with the sport—denounced the festival as “gay propaganda,” the mayor of the city responded not by defending principles of human rights or freedom of expression, but instead by declaring himself “categorically opposed to all events that divide the citizens of Plovdiv.”

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CANADA, ONTARIO: Toronto Pride is “Superqueer”

The theme of this year’s Pride Toronto was “Superqueer!” which may be redundant given the city’s already broad spectrum of LGBTQs — from X-Men cosplayers and gaymers to out-and-proud asexuals — and super progressiveness. In fact, next year Toronto is super proud to host the global World Pride celebration. While Toronto’s reviled and homophobic mayor, Rob Ford, was conspicuously absent during Pride Sunday yet again, away at his family cottage or perhaps smoking crack as a recent scandal alleges, there was a huge six-figure turnout, while the weekend saw performances by plenty of gaylebrities like Jinkx Monsoon, and the entire gay village transformed into a closed-off party zone.

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CHINA: Shanghai Gay Pride is the Biggest Yet

The organizers of the 2013 Shanghai Pride Festival have reported the best turnout in the event’s history. ‘Pride5 was amazing,’ organizers wrote in an online statement. ‘We’d like to thank all our sponsors, individual donors, volunteers, and you for making it happen. For the past six months, we’ve busted our behinds for this and we can finally say all the blood, sweat, and tears were worth it.

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NORWAY: Oslo Gay Pride Kicks Off

Oslo’s celebrations are known as ‘Skeive dager’ (which translates roughly as ‘gay days’) and it’s a week-long Pride festival that includes a film festival, concerts, art exhibitions, performances, and political debates. This evening was the launch of the Pride Park festival area – a tented village on Oslo’s spectacular harbor – with a strong presence from Norwegian businesses and local community groups. The crowd sensibly had their umbrellas and wet weather gear out and were happily drinking, eating, laughing, and watching performances on the stage.

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SINGAPORE: Pink Dot Is Biggest Yet

An estimated 21,000 people attended the Pink Dot event on Saturday, dressing in pink, marching, and lighting up the city at night. Attendance was the highest yet seen at the annual gathering, which was started in 2009. Rally spokesman Paerin Choa said the numbers were ”a strong signal that Singapore is not as conservative as some think.” Organisers stressed that the rally was a show of support for the LGBT community rather than a protest, despite the High Court’s recent decision to reject a case against Singapore’s anti-gay law.

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TURKEY: Tens of Thousands Join Istanbul Gay Pride

LGBT rights activists and demonstrators were joined by Gezi Park protestors in an unprecedented show of unity and solidarity at Istanbul’s gay pride. KAOS GL, Turkey’s main LGBT rights organization, estimated tens of thousands joined pride from previous protests against the demolition of Istanbul’s Gezi Park, which turned into a nation wide pro-democracy movement.

– See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/istanbul-gay-pride-supported-tens-thousands-gezi-park-protestors010713#sthash.oS3p9Rh5.dpuf

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UK, ENGLAND: Photos From London Pride 2013

The 2013 Pride in London parade has moved off, moving from Baker Street, through Oxford Circus, and down to Trafalgar Square. Here are some of our favourite photos from the parade. Do check PinkNews.co.uk later for more Pride coverage.

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UK, ENGLAND: Biggest Gay Pride in a Decade in London

The 42nd gay pride parade in London left Baker Street and ended in Trafalgar Square. Notably, London’s mayor, usually a staunch supported of London’s pride was not in attendance. However, Andre Boff, who was there to represent the Mayor stressed that Mayor’s office has pledged £500,000 to the event over the next five years. Reuters is reporting that hundreds of thousands of people attended the event.

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USA, CALIFORNIA: Facebook’s Zuckerburg Joins Gay Pride

Stamping the crowds at San Francisco’s gay pride parade with ‘likes,’ Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg led 750 of his colleagues — which is ten times more than two years ago and is over 15% of its staff, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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USA, ILLINOIS: Record Crowds Turn Out for Chicago Pride

It appears to be another record-breaking year as over 1 million people turned out for the annual Chicago Pride Parade. Spectators crowded the streets from Uptown to Boystown to celebrate gay pride from the streets, rooftops and balconies on Sunday. The 44th annual parade, lead by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Grand Marshal Wade Davis took on added energy as gay Chicagoans and allies came out to celebrate the Supreme Court’s landmark rulings on Wednesday declaring an end to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and restoring marriage fairness in California.

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USA, NEW MEXICO: Anti Gay Protesters at Gay Pride Shut Down

It doesn’t appear that the preachers were arrested. Perhaps the police asked them to leave the scene as a matter of public safety. At the 0:50 mark you’ll note that at least one of the protesters is wearing a gun.

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USA, NEW YORK: Lady Gaga Kicks off LGBT Pride – Video

In her first major public appearance since undergoing a hip surgery that cancelled the remaining dates on her world tour, Lady Gaga thrilled the crowds on the Hudson River tonight at the rally officially kicking off Gay Pride in the Big Apple, with a heartfelt speech to the community followed by a thrilling rendition of the National Anthem.

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USA, NEW YORK: Dyke March in Manhattan

For 21 years, women have gathered in Manhattan’s Bryant Park, near Times Square, and marched down Fifth Avenue. Unlike the Gay Pride parade, this march of women of all types is sponsor free. No floats or corporate dollars. Just homemade signs and approximately 30 drummers who kept the beat. The parade ended in Washington Square Park, located in Greenwich Village the neighborhood where the Stonewall Rebellion started.

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USA, NEW YORK: Gay Pride Marchers Celebrate Marriage Equality

Only days after the Supreme Court used her lawsuit to grant same-sex couples federal marriage benefits, Edith Windsor helped lead New York City’s Gay Pride march on Sunday. Signs along the route read, “Thank you, Edie” – celebrating Windsor for her successful challenge of a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. “If somebody had told me 50 years ago that I would be the marshal of New York City’s gay pride parade in 2013, at the age of 84, I wouldn’t have believed it.”

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USA, NEW YORK Cher at Pride Pier Dance in NYC

The photo above is from where Dr. Jeff and I were in the backstage area last night, where we could see Cher’s giant teleprompters, which not only scrolled the words to her hits, but included stage directions. Tell the truth (point, point), This is a woman’s world (four fist pumps), This is a woman’s world. I’m not convinced that the vocals were entirely live, but ten thousand gay men did not care in the least and their singing was almost as loud as the sound system.

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USA, OHIO: Soap Star Chandler Massey Does Gay Pride Columbus

It’s been more than a year since Chandler Massey’s character on NBC’s Days of Our Lives came out as gay. But the 22-year-old actor had never before appeared at a Gay Pride event until Saturday (22 June) when he rode in the parade in Columbus, Ohio and met with fans after. ‘It was unreal,’ he told Gay Star News after the parade. ‘I can’t believe how many people were here. I’m so glad I’ve been able to do this.’

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Provincetown Events Calendar 2013

Author: , April 3rd, 2013

ProvincetownIf you’re planning a trip to Provincetown, you’ll want to see what’s going on before you choose your dates. GayTravel.com has a great events calendar for the city at the tip of Cape Cod:

Not many town calendars can boast a Carnival Week, international film and theater festivals, a Cabaret Fest, a television show called “Let’s Make A Diva,” a Whale Week and a Bear Week. Only Provincetown, Massachusetts could produce such a datebook.

The Provincetown Business Guild 2013 Calendar highlights events that demonstrate the value the local business community places on visitors to the idyllic town at the tip of Cape Cod, and just how much fun people have when they arrive.

June 26-30: Provincetown International Film Festival. The 15th annual Provincetown International Film Festival is dedicated to showing new achievements in independent film and honoring the work of acclaimed and emerging directors, actors and producers.

July 1-7: Independence Week 2013. World-class DJs and parties make this the most popular July 4th destination on the circuit.

Hit the link above for the whole list.

American Airlines First Class Non-Stop BUE/JFK

Author: , May 14th, 2012

American Airlines First Class Non-Stop BUE/JFK   |  New York, United States  | Back in New York City after and amazing month an a half in Brazil and Argentina. The way back, well on board First Class non-stop American Airlines flight from Buenos Aires to New York City (approx. 10 hours and 30 minutes ). Yes everyone, after an exhausting week planning a Gay Wedding in Buenos Aires, I got on my almost flat bed seat, jump into my AA pijamas, enjoyed a few glasses of White Wine and Champagne, caught up with movies and slept the whole way through to wake up over a great breakfast at JFK. Read the full post @ www.carlosmeliablog.com

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